Protesters claim control of Ukraine capital, President flees
Protesters in the Ukrainian capital claimed full control of the city Saturday following the signing of a Western-brokered peace deal aimed at ending the nation's three-month political crisis. The nation's embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych, reportedly had fled the capital for his support base in Ukraine's Russia-leaning east.There is apparently a serious threat that the country could split with the East becoming closer to Russia and the West seeking ties with Europe. It looks like the current government is in retreat and the speaker of the parliament has resigned citing health concerns. Certainly many in the country are sick and tired of him and the President.
Police abandoned posts around the capital, and protesters took up positions around the presidential office and residence.
Parliament discussed voting on impeaching Yanukovych and setting a quick date for new elections to end a crisis over Ukraine's identity and future direction.
Yanukovych's whereabouts were unclear Saturday morning. Media outlets reported that he left Kiev for his native eastern Ukraine after surrendering much of his powers and agreeing to early elections by the end of the year.
Despite significant concessions by the president Friday, elections later this year aren't soon enough for protesters who blame him for police violence and amassing too many powers. They want him out now.